AALS provides a stimulating work environment in which staff and interns interact with law school professors and deans and a variety of professionals to accomplish the association’s mission: to advance the scholarship and excellence in teaching that make legal education a model for the rest of the world and to serve as legal education’s principal representative to the federal government on the formulation of policies that affect graduate and professional education. Staff are encouraged to present innovative approaches to projects and general issues facing legal education today.

Also, AALS has established internship/externship programs with a number of colleges and universities.

Click the links below for staff and intern/extern position descriptions. If you have questions and to apply, please write to jobs@aals.org.

Special Projects Administrator, Office of the Executive Director

Position Summary

Together with the Special Assistant to the Executive Director, supports the Executive Director and manages day-to-day operations of the Executive Office on matters related to law school deans, key volunteer leadership, allied and other higher education organizations. Provides principal support in the implementation and administration of special projects in pursuit of the goals of the office of the Executive Director. Facilitates the interactions of the Executive Director and staff as they work to implement AALS’s mission.

Representing the Executive Office, serves as key liaison for communications between the Executive Director and law school deans, and with external organizations. Participates in the execution of short-term and long-term goals and strategies of Executive Director’s office, as well as the strategic planning and organizational development activities of the organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilites

Executive Director Support

  • Responsible for initiating, monitoring, and providing support for assigned activities of the Executive Director’s office and periodic review of special initiatives and projects.
  • Assists the Executive Director as needed including, but not limited to, relationships with law school deans, meetings with allied organizations including the Council of the Section of Legal Education of the American Bar Association, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), and the National Association of Law Placement (NALP) and with other higher education organizations including the American Council on Education (ACE), and the Washington Higher Education Secretariat (WHES).
  • Collaborates with the Special Assistant to the Executive Director on managing the calendar of the Executive Director, with a special focus on external commitments and special projects.
  • Coordinates the Executive Director’s gatherings and communications related to special projects.
  • Prepares, compiles, disseminates and maintains meeting agendas and materials for meetings hosted or attended by the Executive Director in conjunction with law school deans, and with allied and higher education organizations.
  • Attends these meetings and other gatherings as needed to support those attending and takes notes.
  • Maintains strong knowledge of institutional priorities, policies, and practices.

Committee Management

  • Executes support activities related to assigned committees including the Deans Steering Committee and the Deans Forum Planning Committee, among others.
    • Supports appointment process for these committees and ensures maintenance of nominations pool as well as timely execution of nominations procedures.
    • Ensures maintenance of committee information in association database.
    • Facilitates ad-hoc appointments made throughout the year.
    • Responds to inquiries regarding committee governance and support.
  • Serves as liaison to volunteer leadership serving on assigned committees.
    • Manages implementing and scheduling meetings (and conference calls) as needed.
    • Prepares correspondence as needed/requested.
    • Facilitates transition of new committee members.
    • Coordinates AALS participation in association and other organizations’ meetings.

Cross-Departmental Efforts

  • Serves as team leader of the Records and History working group.
  • Manages preparation for annual meeting signature events in conjunction with Executive Director, the Special Assistant to the Executive Director, and the Meetings staff.
    • Supports activities and functions involving executive leadership (e.g., Executive Committee meeting, President’s Dinner, and other ad hoc meetings, etc.).
    • Reviews schedules for Executive Director and primary Officers with the Meetings staff.
    • Coordinates preparation of scripts for President and Executive Director for the House of Representatives and other signature events.
    • Organizes activities, functions, and evaluations involving the Deans Forum program and the Deans Steering Committee
  • Works with the Director of Communications on promoting the organizations priorities.
  • Works with the Communications Department on messaging press releases as appropriate, briefing members and responding to requests from the media.
  • Works with the Research Department on research projects.
  • Works with the Communications and Publications Working Group in the preparation of institutional publications including the Handbook, Proceedings, and Newsletters, among others.

Departmental Efforts

  • Prepares and proofreads documents
  • Collaborates with the Special Assistant to the Executive Director on executive/administrative support functions to the Executive Director to accomplish Executive Office goals.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 2 years of executive level support preferred.
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office and proficiency in databases and Internet.
  • High ethical standards and professional demeanor.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise good judgment, and exhibit excellent customer service.
  • Association or government background preferred.

ADA Specifications

  • Requires some air travel.
  • Requires computer work.
  • Required manual labor for project management (e.g. mobility for on-site meeting support, packing and moving boxes of minimal weight, standing for photocopying and materials compilation).

Please send a cover letter, resume and one writing sample to jobs@aals.org to apply for the position.

Student Assistants

The Association of American Law Schools (AALS), a 501(c)(3) higher education association, represents 179 American law schools and is located in downtown Washington, D.C. AALS seeks 1-2 undergraduate or graduate students to work approximately 20 – 25 hours per week providing general administrative and office help at our Dupont Circle headquarters office. The ideal candidate will be detailed oriented, self-motivated, reliable, a great writer and willing to roll up his/her sleeves to help with any project or task assigned. Position requires significant use of Microsoft Office and will involve heavy data entry. Candidates must be able to work 2-3 full days per week during normal business hours, Monday – Friday.

Compensation is $14/hour. E-mail resume to jobs@aals.org. Please include schedule of availability for consideration.